Henry F. Warner

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Henry F. Warner
Born (1923-08-23)August 23, 1923
Troy, North Carolina
Died December 21, 1944(1944-12-21) (aged 21)
near Dom Butgenbach, Belgium
Place of burial Southside Cemetery
Troy, North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943 - 1944
Rank Corporal
Unit 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Henry F. Warner (August 23, 1923 – December 21, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

Biography[edit]

Warner joined the Army from his birth city in January 1943,[1] and by December 20, 1944 was serving as a Corporal in the Antitank Company of the 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. During a battle on that day, near Bütgenbach, Belgium, Warner continued to man his anti-tank gun through the night and into the next morning, despite intense fire from the approaching German tanks. He successfully disabled several enemy tanks before being killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on June 23, 1945. The current Warner Barracks complex was appropriated in 1950 by U.S. forces and renamed in honor of Cpl. Henry F. Warner.

Designation of Warner Barracks named after Cpl. Henry F. Warner.

Warner, aged 21 at his death, was buried at Southside Cemetery in his hometown of Troy, North Carolina.

Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Corporal Warner's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Serving as 57-mm. antitank gunner with the 2d Battalion, he was a major factor in stopping enemy tanks during heavy attacks against the battalion position near Dom Butgenbach, Belgium, on 20–21 December 1944. In the first attack, launched in the early morning of the 20th, enemy tanks succeeded in penetrating parts of the line. Cpl. Warner, disregarding the concentrated cannon and machinegun fire from 2 tanks bearing down on him, and ignoring the imminent danger of being overrun by the infantry moving under tank cover, destroyed the first tank and scored a direct and deadly hit upon the second. A third tank approached to within 5 yards of his position while he was attempting to clear a jammed breach lock. Jumping from his gun pit, he engaged in a pistol duel with the tank commander standing in the turret, killing him and forcing the tank to withdraw. Following a day and night during which our forces were subjected to constant shelling, mortar barrages, and numerous unsuccessful infantry attacks, the enemy struck in great force on the early morning of the 21st. Seeing a Mark IV tank looming out of the mist and heading toward his position, Cpl. Warner scored a direct hit. Disregarding his injuries, he endeavored to finish the loading and again fire at the tank whose motor was now aflame, when a second machinegun burst killed him. Cpl. Warner's gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty contributed materially to the successful defense against the enemy attacks.

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